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Adding a 3rd Widget Area

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  • Started 5 years ago by patdryburgh
  • Latest reply from raquelwilson
  • This topic is resolved


  1. Hey Ian,

    Is there a way for a child theme to add a third widget area? I'd like to have 3 areas in the sidebar.


    Posted 5 years ago #
  2. I think so. I'll get back to you. :)

    Posted 5 years ago #
  3. Hey Ian,
    Any idea on this yet?

    Posted 5 years ago #
  4. I think I figured out (at least brainstormed) a solution for this:

    If you created a function that replaced "get_sidebar()" with "thematic_sidebar()", then we could theoretically filter that with a child theme filter, correct?

    The other option is upgrade to 2.7, which clearly isn't a great solution at this point in time.


    Posted 5 years ago #
  5. I have a solution (provided by the awesome Justin Tadlock)—but I haven't tested it yet. I'll email it to you if you want to test it.

    Posted 5 years ago #
  6. It turns out Child Themes can't add new widget areas. I think. For now.

    Posted 5 years ago #
  7. dswforce

    *9 months later..*

    Any news on this or is there a easy way of adding a third widget sidebar, instead of coding/adding stuff in the sidebar.php?

    Posted 5 years ago #
  8. Hi,

    you can use the following action hooks for doing this:

    - thematic_abovemainasides
    - thematic_betweenmainasides
    - thematic_belowmainasides

    Currently this needs to be done with coding / adding stuff to your child theme's functions.php. If you could wait for a week or so I should have 'point & click' solution for you.


    Posted 5 years ago #
  9. How's the point and click solution coming along Chris?

    Posted 5 years ago #
  10. Hi Raquel,

    currently testing a couple of things including this functionality. Everything is running pretty good on my local system. Will run more tests next week on my blog before I'm going to upload it to the SVN.

    Still need to do the GUI.


    Posted 5 years ago #
  11. Sounds great Chris. I look forward to it! Thanks.

    Posted 5 years ago #

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